Eagle to be released at refuge

Published On: Dec 28 2012 01:02:01 PM CST
MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) -

A juvenile bald eagle that had suffered a broken wing and other injuries in south-central Nebraska will be released at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge that sits in both western Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

The Daily Nonpareil newspaper says Raptor Recovery Nebraska's chapter in Omaha expects to free the bird between noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, near the visitor center.

The refuge straddles the Missouri River north of Omaha, sitting between Blair, Neb., to the west and Missouri Valley, Iowa, to the east.

Denise Lewis, of Raptor Recovery, says the female was found injured in the Grand Island, Neb., area. Lewis says the broken wing and soft-tissue injuries may have resulted from the bird flying into something or being grazed by a vehicle while feeding near a road.